Qantas B737-800 VH-XZP ‘Retro Roo’ visits Adelaide (1st Visit)

Qantas B737-800 VH-XZP arrived at 08.45hrs from Sydney as ‘QF735′. The aircraft departed back to Sydney at 09.30hrs as ‘QF738′.


This was the aircraft’s 1st visit to Adelaide. This aircraft was is the 75ht and final B737-800 to be delivered to Qantas, this aircraft is also painted in the airlines former livery call ed the ‘flying kangaroo’ which the airline used in the 1980’s.

Air New Zealand B787-9 ZK-NZE diverts to Adelaide


(Air New Zealand B787-9 ZK-NZE parked at Bay 18R during its short stay in Adelaide) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

Air New Zealand B787-9 ZK-NZE operating ‘NZ176‘ operating from Perth to Auckland diverted to Adelaide due to a medical emergency. The aircraft arrived at 00.05hrs and then continued to Auckland departing at 01.50hrs.

This aircraft also wears the Air New Zealand special ‘All Blacks’ Livery. This was the 1st visit of an All blacks special to visit Adelaide. The airlines has an A320 (Domestic flights only), ATR, and a B777-300ER that are painted up in this speicla live

Cessna Citation 525C N159CJ arrives on a demonstration tour

N159CJ (2)

(Cessna Aircraft Company owned Cessna 525C N159CJtaxiing to its parking area after arriving from is demonstration tour) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

Cessna Aircraft Company owned Cessna 525C (CJ4) N159CJ arrived today from Sydney at 12.25hrs. The aircraft departed at 15.30hrs on a 1 hour demonstration tour around South Australia, it arrived back into Adelaide at 16.35hrs.

Safair C130 Hercules ZS-JIV makes a visit (1st Visit)


(Safair Lockhhed L100 Hercules ZS-JIV parked at bay 101 during its night stop in Adelaide) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

Safair Lockhhed L100 Hercules ZS-JIV arrived from the Cocos Island at 20.00hrs as ‘Safair 518‘. The aircraft overnighted in Adelaide, before departing to Chritchurch, NZ at 10.45hrs using the same callsign.

This is the JIV’s 1st visit to Adelaide. Safair are yearly visitors to Adelaide as they use the airport as a tech stop en route from South Africa to Christchurch for the up coning Antarctic expeditions.

Singapore Airlines A330-300 9V-SSD (1st visit)

Singapore Airlines A330-300 9V-SSD arrived at 09.15hrs as ‘SQ279‘. The aircraft departed back to Singapore as ‘SQ278‘ at 11.45hrs.

This was SSD’s 1st visit to Adelaide since it entered service on 23/9/14. The aircraft was delivered to Singapore direct from Toulouse, France on 21/9/14.

Cathay Pacific Cargo B747-8F B-LJB (1st Visit)


(Cathay Pacific Cargo B747-867F B-LJB pulling into its bay after arriving as ‘CX22′ from Melbourne) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)


(Cathay Pacific Cargo B747-867F B-LJB taxiing for departure as ‘CX22′ to Hong Kong) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

Cathay Pacific Cargo B747-867F B-LJB arrived from Melbourne at 16.55hrs as ‘CX022‘. The aircraft departed at 18.35hrs to Hong Kong using the same flight number.

This flight was a very historic event for Adelaide Airport. Not only was it B-LJB’s 1st visit to Adelaide. It was also the 1st visit of Boeing 747-8 Varient to visit Adelaide. The last visit by a Cathay Cargo aircraft was back on 28/12/11 when B747-400F B-HUH made a visit.

Atlas Air B747-400F N493MC makes a visit (1st vist)

N493MC (3)(Atlas Air (operated by Qantas Freight) B747-400F N493MC taxiing tot he bay after arriving from Sydney as ‘QF7581′) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

N493MC & VH-YIR(Atlas Air (operated by Qantas Freight) B747-400F N493MC  and Virign Australia B737-800 VH-YIR sitting on its layover bay under the watchful eue of the control tower) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

Atlas Air (operated by Qantas Freight) B747-400F N493MC arrived from Sydney at 13.35hrs as ‘QF7581‘. The aircraft night stopped before departing the following evening at 21.40hrs to Bangkok, Thailand using the same flight number.

This was N493MC’s 1st visit to Adelaide, it was the 1st Atlas aircraft to visit Adelaide in 2014. The last visit we had was back on 26/11/14 when N419MC made a quick visit operating QF7581.

Qantas A330-300 VH-QPA diverts to Adelaide (1st Visit in new Livery)

Qantas Airways A330-300 VH-QPA operating ‘QF30‘ from Hong Kong-Melbourne diverted to Adelaide, arriving at 0715hrs. The aircraft continued to Melbourne, departing Adelaide at 09.20hrs.

This was QPA’s 1st visit into Adelaide since being re-painted into the new Qantas Livery. Qantas A330-300’s are very rare into Adelaide these days since the airline pulled its thrice weekly Adelaide-Singapore service back in 2012.

Gulfstream 550 N310TK makes a quick visit

Alltech Inc Gulfstream 550 N310TK arrived at 12.00hrs from Auckland. The aircraft night stopped in Adelaide, before departing the next morning at 07.35hrs to Melbourne. The aircraft arrived later in the day, before night stopping again and departing on Thursday morning.

 This is the aircraft’s 2nd visit to Adelaide, its one and only previous visit was back on 24/11/12 where it made a quick 2 hour stopover between Sydney and Perth.

Air Asia X A330-300 9M-XXT ‘Xcintilating Phoenix’ (1st Visit)


(Air Asia X A330-300 9M-XXT arriving on Rwy.05 as ‘D7246′ from Kuala Lumpur on its 1st visit to Adelaide) Photo by Stefan P (Copyright 2014)

 Air Asia X A330-300 9M-XXT arrived ex. Kuala Lumpur at 08.06hrs operating ‘D7246‘. The aircraft departed back to Kuala Lumpur at 10.10hrs operating ‘D7247‘.

This was XXT’s 1st visit to Adelaide since the aircraft entered service on 16/8/14.